With recycling at an all-time high on theenvironmental agenda, Barrow AFC Community Sport's great football boot ideaticks all the boxes and saves money too.
Craig Rutherford the manager of Barrow AFCCommunity Sports came up with the idea which he hopes will help resolve manyissues where lack of finances can result in both children and adults not beingable to play their favourite sport.
Craig told us "We had a number of childrenbrand new to football, booking on our programmes with the possibility ofparents buying new boots for children then the children changing their mindsand not wishing to continue.
"My own nine year old son goes throughsupposedly scuff proof school shoes, boots and trainers for fun, meaning we areconstantly buying him new ones.
It got me thinking about school football andclub football, and children growing out of boots. Also some families maynot be able to afford new football boots every time their child outgrowsa pair.
"We hope that families will use the bootbank if they struggle to afford a new pair. We have a variety to choose fromincluding the latest state of the art boots. They can take a pair, use them,then when their child out grows them, and if they are still in good condition,they can bring them back and swap them for another pair.
We officially opened on Monday 26th of Novemberand the amount of donations we've had so far has been fantastic. Even the firstteam players have donated some boots. We hope this new idea benefits the localcommunity and allows both young and older people to play the sport they lovewithout having to worry about cost. At times sizes can be limited, soplease get in touch prior to coming to the club so we can communicateavailability more effectively"
Craig Rutherford can be contacted at thecommunity office: 01229 666011 Or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org